I recently made my way over to the SFMOMA with a fellow game designer friend to geek out over Dieter Rams' works. It was inspiring to see his designs that he produced anywhere from up to 50 years ago still stand the test of time. His style is one of less is more. Yet what little he did focus on was elegant but purposeful.
One of my favorite pieces that I saw was his loudspeaker design. Being a fan of music equipment and a recreational musician, I wished that I could afford to buy this wondrous speaker.
There was a familiarity to the shape and lines of this speaker while I admired it. My friend chimed in as he noticed me gawking at it. He mentioned that Apple has referenced Rams' works as a source of inspiration to their own products. That's when he dropped the knowledge on me that the speaker looked like a current iMac. I nodded my head in agreement as Rams' influence over current industrial design sunk in even further.
The exhibit is coming to a close on February 20th sadly. So if you haven't already, make your way over to view some of the cleanest and innovative industrial design.
Michael loves making games almost as much as he does playing them. He has worked on numerous hit titles and is currently traveling the world to help fight crime and champion clean design practices.